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The art of humanity

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Summer is coming to a close and many children will be returning to school and wanting to continue to play with others indoors as the weather cools. As children begin school it can be a great time to speak to them about differences and how to be respectful of all people.

A great spot for children to meet others in the northern suburbs is the play space gather in Evanston, IL. Gather is a studio in downtown evanston that caters to all families bringing art classes and allows children to express their feelings as well as a place to come a play freely. Gather is open from Monday thru Friday 9am - 3pm and Saturdays from 9am- noon. The fees varies with drop in play prices at $12 and monthly memberships starting at $75 a month for one child and two caregivers, siblings and extra caregivers are extra.

Gather offers many classes to keep your children inspired by the healing arts. Storytime drama, yoga play, art adventures, and music classes are included in the daily drop in, 10 day pass, or monthly membership. The play space also features many amazing artists with their works on view for the entire family.

Currently on view are project onward artists which feature artists with mental and developmental disabilities. It is a great way to expose children to art and bring up the topic of individuals with special needs and how everyone deserves respect. The project onward artists are featured at Gather until September 20th.

Children can share what it means to be special and how no matter what differences we have we are all human beings in this short lesson.

Objective: Create a painting to reflect the differences in everyone but showcase unity of humanity.

Materials:

1. White drawing paper
2. Finger Paint
3. Glitter Glue

Procedure

1. Lay out the materials of white drawing paper, finger paint, and glitter glue on the table

2. Start a discussion on how everyone is different ( different cultures and traditions) and how we are all the same (we all want to be kind, be the best we can be, be loved by loved ones). Children are asked to share how we can be friends with others who are different and what it means to be a human being. Children can create a picture of unity with different color paints for every individual.

3. Frame the picture and keep as a keepsake

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